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What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

©2017 Neil DeGrasse Tyson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

Would you listen to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry again? Why?

YES!! I learned so much the first go around, but even then I had to have him repeat things a few times for me to fully grasp some of the concepts. So I would most definitely listen to it again, because I believe their would be something new to takeaway each time, whether it be knowledge or perspective.

What other book might you compare Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to and why?

Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. The audiobook is excellently narrated by LeVar Burton, and I find it to be just as "down to earth" as this one is. Little to no math, but explaining detailed concepts in a way we, those bad at math, can understand.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the scene with the whipped cream in the coffee shop. Don't argue with Neil deGrasse Tyson about physics, he will win.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I had to take it in bits and pieces, and feel that I enjoyed it more that way. Some of the things said challenged my world/universe view a bit, and I found it helpful to just have time to ponder and be wowed by the universe.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend others to read/listen to this, especially if you are curious about Astrophysics, but are intimidated by the math. Neil deGrasse Tyson has a way of explaining difficult concepts in a manner that is easier to understand than others I have found. This book has given me me a great platform of knowledge to build upon, and I learned an incredible amount. It even helped me have the confidence needed to answer a question I was asked shortly after finishing. I couldn't help but holler, "I know this! I just learned it from Neil deGrasse Tyson!"

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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Condensed, concise science meets social philosophy with humor and wit

I was expecting science, I got it. I was expecting meta science, I got it. I was expecting wit, I got it. I was expecting humor, I got plenty of it. Neil deGrasse Tyson delivered on all fronts, satiated my hunger for it all. Astrophysics and science in general are not for everyone but it should be! This book paves the way to reset our ego and places us in a framework that we are participants in this ever expanding universe.... a dust particle within a pale blue dust particle. Thank you Neil.

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  • Rob
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 07-15-17

Disappointing - not much physics

I was hoping for an entertaining, lay person's overview of quantum theory, the Standard Model, string theory, etc. This book doesn't even touch on astrophysics. There is a little discussion of dark matter and dark energy, but this book is more about the history of astronomy, how the planets were named, the relative prevalence of elements in the universe, how aliens might discover our radio transmissions, and other non-physics stuff.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 05-03-17

From The Department Of Exotic Happenings...!

Yes! We are all stardust!
Only the truly knowledgeable might not like "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." I'm sure they're into much more in-depth works. But for those of us who dream up into the sky, it's a pure delight. Heck, even the knowledgeable might like it as Neil deGrasse Tyson is the best narrator out there, one of the best writers there is. Period.
Filled with wonderful ideas, galaxies devouring dwarf galaxies (ooh, bad karma!), massive radio telescopes, a fun run through the periodic table of elements, comets, a study of time, so much is packed into just over 3 1/2 hours. Yes, you do come out wanting more, more info, more ideas.
More deGrasse Tyson! Only he can make the strange ominous on one hand, fantastically enthralling on the other. Only he can make comparisons that are laugh out loud funny on the one hand, complete and utter poetry on the other.
Worth the price, worth the woefully short time, you'll be engaged and smiling the whole way through all these well-written essays that'll have you looking up at the sky again, fascinated, laughing in your heart and soul. Maybe you'll lose sight of the vast, vast, oh so vast picture, but you'll be delighted by the many small and provocative wonders you're left with.

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Good read

I feel that this book is good for people who have some knowledge of the cosmos. Very informative. This book last chapter puts into perspective human actions in the grand scheme of things. End on good note🔭

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I was not smart enough

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It depends on their knowledge of the topic already. NDT discusses a large amount of material without defining words or giving details to help someone understand that doesn't have a good knowledge.

What could Neil deGrasse Tyson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If he would have just given more details about everything, I would have enjoyed it more. He glosses over important theories I had never known.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening and he does talk about things I remember from high school, but my knowledge was just not to the point of understanding everything.

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Hear it In Dr. Tyson's own rich & resonant voice!

Would you consider the audio edition of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to be better than the print version?

I do not own the print version. I bought the audiobook specifically to hear him reading it.

Any additional comments?

I like to listen to his lectures on YouTube and this is like having a whole book full of lectures at once! The more I listen the more I learn and after repeated listenings I am beginning to feel like I know what he is talking about. It is not simple enough for people who have absolutely no familiarity with the subject, but if you have heard some of his talks before or seen his version of Cosmos then you will know enough to follow along. He's a born teacher whose enthusiasm for each topic is infectious. He brings real personality to his public speaking, and makes what was could be a dry subject very engaging and even funny. This one is AN ABSOLUTE MUST for NdGT fans, and will make new fans out of people who don't know him already. A great gift for anyone of any age with an inquisitive mind!

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high re-play value

I was very excited to hear Tyson narrated his own book. it was easy enough to follow. I can assure you will listen to it more than once.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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The Cosmic Perspective

Neil's book was engaging from start to finish! It's a wonderful summary of what one finds in astrophysics. He reaffirms my wide-eyed awe of the universe and our tiny place within it.

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Not as meaty as I’d hoped

Well narrated. I’m going to listen again.
Has some political pushing in it which is annoying. But I just wish it had been slightly more educational

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  • J. SYMES
  • 05-18-17

Fantastic!

An informative and entertaining account of modern astro physics. This book is well written, and well read. My only complaint is that the book ended. Thank-you Dr DeGrasse Tyson!

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  • ian
  • 06-23-17

Fascinating, if a little short

Fascinating, but as I said in the title, just up there, a bit short. I mean, I know its for people in a hurry, but mate. I'm not in THAT much of a hurry.

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  • Miss V. Bakova
  • 05-25-17

Neil rocks!

The book is very interesting and Neil reading it it's just fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

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  • John.
  • 07-10-17

interesting

I enjoyed this book, I think Tyson is also a great narrator. I had to rewind it a few times just to take it in......well I probably only took about 10% in...:-)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-23-17

Cosmic Eye-opener

NDT offers astounding insight into the spectacularities of the cosmos as well as the place of Mankind amongst them.

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  • IainJan
  • 06-11-17

Good overview

My first Audible. Chilling by the pool, making a change from MOOCs. Well written, well read, mostly very enjoyable, interesting, and easy to grasp. The faults are due to my own bias, not liking quips, or analogous references to US items I don't know so can't visualise. Trivial compared with the depth of Science communicated in this excellent summary.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-17

Stocking stuffer. Same old same old.

Nothing novel. Nothing really of substance. It is what it says. It’s a good stocking stuffer. It’s just as well that it is only 3 hours long because it wouldn’t be worth much more time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-17

ASMR (if it weren't so interesting)

Given that Neil's voice seems built for ASMR it stands as testament to the content of this book that this reading is so engaging.

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  • Lauren-Jade Thomas
  • 11-28-17

Good if you are new to the subject

It's alright if you know nothing about astrophysics to begin with, otherwise it's quite dull. Still quite relaxing to listen to though.

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  • Zak
  • 11-09-17

Great listen and book

Interesting listen Neil degrasse Tyson captures the universe perfectly, worth a listen
I would recommend

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  • completeaerogeek
  • 06-01-17

This book is just brilliant.

Where does Astrophysics for People in a Hurry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far, the best audiobook I have listened to, helped in no small part by the fact that Neil deGrasse Tyson narrates it. Neil's charming, entertaining, passionate and witty delivery makes the material accessible to everyone and you will not only enjoy the listening experience but also the ability to absorb meaningful concepts in a way that will allow you to drop the occasional mind-expanding fact into a conversation, leaving people to think you're the smartest person in the room.For those of us not gifted with the kind of brain that can dissect the workings of an impossibly complex universe, this book weaves information in such an interesting and entertaining way that you actually begin to feel that a conceptual understanding of astrophysics is actually possible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Neil's narration. If you love 'Star Talk', you will love this audiobook.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to mention.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened to this book while doing my regular run and at times I had to stop and absorb the enormity of what had just been explained. Other times I laughed out loud. Not sure what passers-by thought but I don't care!

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audio book to anyone from teenagers on and interestingly for an avid reader, I would opt for the audiobook over the print version, just for the pleasure of hearing Neil deGrasse Tyson narrate it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-17

" Yes , Einstein was a Bad ass" :D

I found this book to be amazing , I'd listen to it while at work , it made the night go so quickly :)

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  • Natalie
  • 09-25-17

Challenging, inspiring and eye-opening.

For someone who has a rather basic understanding of the sciences and astrophysics, I at times found this book challenging. With concepts and vocabulary I had to search quite often, it took me a little while longer to listen to the average fiction book I indulge in. Regardless, I was driven to continue and often played back parts to fully grasp the information. A fantastic book and worth the perservance for one often intimidated by titles based in science. His voice is engaging and his passion is contagious.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-17

Exactly as the title suggests.

Basic Astrophysics. Delivered by the soothing tones of Doctor Tyson. Plainly written for the everyday person but still filled with concepts that peak the intellect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-17

exceptional

Easy listen, well spoken, melodic even. The closing chapters are an absolutely favourite, it really gives perspective.

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  • lindsay
  • 10-23-17

Speedy sure

It’s true I am in a hurry but I enjoyed this book so much I wish it went for longer!

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  • James
  • 10-02-17

Very Educational, short and well preformed.

Very Educational, short and well preformed, it runs through astrophysics in a informitive but easy to understand manner.

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  • Robert McCord
  • 09-09-17

Delivers in full

You don't need to be an astrophysicist to appreciate this book. The topic is delivered in Neil's usual optimistic and reassuring style.

An up lifting 3 hours of listening.

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  • Narissa
  • 08-19-17

Concise introduction to astrophysics

Enjoyable, though shorter than I expected (yes, despite the title). The narration was very good and the final chapter particularly interesting. A good introductory overview of astrophysics.

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  • Gregory Paxton
  • 08-17-17

Essential reading for all humanity

I can't say enough about the value that a book like this provides for how quickly it can be consumed. Just go listen to it, think on it, and enjoy your days